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erhaps the most importa nt reason
for ongoing health issues is that
people fail to take responsibility
for their own health and well
being. It has been indoctrinated in general
society over the years that you simply visit
a medical doctor, get a script, take a drug
of sorts and feel “better” – a quick fix to
help you get on with life. Of course, this
does not resolve the underlying problem in
most cases. By handing over the problem
to someone else you are failing to take
responsibility, change your lifestyle and
diet or make positive changes.
A second rea son is that some people fail
to be consistent when taking remedies of any
sort or even to regularly attend treatments.
Consistency is the key, especially with
natural remedies. We aim to treat the root
cause at all times so this is like unravelling
the “ layers of the onion” until you heal at a
deep cellular level.
Thirdly, people have a tendency to self
prescribe along with receiving remedies
from a practitioner. This can conflict and
make things worse. It also makes it very
challenging for the practitioner to get
clarity on how your body is responding to
remedies they have prescribed. It is advisable
not to dabble with anything else without
consulting your treating practitioner if you
wish to obtain a positive outcome.
People may also self prescribe additional
remedies trying to find cheaper products
than those offered by a clinic. You need
to understand that it’s not about money
but about quality. Cheaper products may
have some toxic residue in them, could be
from a conta minated source with filler and
other additives (sometimes to bulk out the
product), a nd their potency may not be in
line with what your treating practitioner
would offer you. To get the results you need,
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the correct potency is required.
Natural medicine practitioners prescribe
“practitioner only products” (POPs) – these
are not ava ilable via retail without a script
from a naturopath. Some health food stores
that hire a naturopath may stock them but
they will not give them to you without
authority from your treating practitioner.
Quality POPs have undergone extensive
research by reputable compa nies. Quality
control is essential.
Fourthly, the most challenging thing is
to be prepared to make a sacrifice. Without
sacrifice you will struggle to resolve a nd heal.
What does this mean? It could refer to giving
up some of your favourite foods that a re not
conducive to your health and well being
and other toxic substances like recreational
drugs, cigarettes, a lcohol and sugar – even
some pharmaceutical medications when
you don’t need to be on them. In order to
improve your health status you must be
prepared to make a cha nge – a sacrifice.
I’ve met many people over the years
who try to bargain with me on what they
can still consume. When this occurs you
can see that the person unconsciously does
not want to get well. Consciously, they may
say they do, but deep down something is
blocking them. There are others who simply
don’t wish to comply; they are after the
“quick fix” solution. Some can be stubborn
and tell you quite bluntly that they have
been drinking eight schooners daily and
have no intention of giving up, or they have
been eating hamburgers for lunch each day
with a cola drink and absolutely loathe
vegetables except peas! Or they are just
too busy to make dietary changes, or their
partner does not like the food they know is
good for them so they simply don’t cook it.
I’ve heard many reasons why they will not
make that sacrifice.
Coming to a fifth point, you need to
address any underlying emotional issues
that have plagued you which could be
contributing to your physical health state.
Again, there are willing patients and others
who ref use to look at the emotions playing a
role in their physical health and well being.
You can’t sepa rate the t wo and you can’t do
this alone. You do need professional help
and many natural medicine practitioners
who work with some form of bodywork
that helps release blocked emotions can
Naturopath Lyn Craven suggests six key reasons that block our body’s innate capacity to heal itself.
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help you. They include energy healing,
Bowen therapy, acupuncture, kinesiology,
NLP, hypnotherapy and also professionally
I personally recommend people learn
meditation to access their own unconscious
mind. It can be ver y self empowering, but
daily practice is important in order to gain
benefits and develop meditative skills. In
the meantime, the sort of bodywork I’ve
mentioned can help free up stagnation
and blocked emotions. Naturopaths
a lso work with homoeopathy and flower
remedies, which are brilliant at supporting
emotional relea se.
As a sixth point, be patient with yourself,
your body and with the practitioner you a re
working with. This is a “pa rtnership” in
which you share ever ything that troubles
you, a long with all pre existing remedies
you are taking a nd a ny test results. Natural
medicine practitioners spend a great deal
of time with you and work to establish a
relationship in supporting a nd encouraging
you on your healing journey. On some
occa sions, it could be necessary to work
with two practitioners who are trained in
different but supporting therapies.
People fail to improve when they
become “shoppers”, for example, going
from practitioner to practitioner, never
staying longer than two or three visits and
expecting an overnight fix with chronic
or complex situations. They become
disillusioned with everyone they meet,
including natural therapies as a whole, yet
they also fail to obtain positive outcomes
with conventional medicine.
Next month, we’ll look at how to
improve your health and maintain your
Sydney-based Lyn Craven is a practitioner
of naturopathy, nutrition, medical herbalism,
Bowen therapy, Reiki energy healing, meditation,
and is a corporate health presenter/consultant
with 18 years experience in natural therapies.
Disclaimer: Information presented in this column is not
intended as medical advice but to advance the understanding
of holistic nutrition and lifestyle and its place in a balanced
approach to health. Readers are encouraged to be guided by
their own healthcare professionals.
‘Natural medicine practitioners
prescribe “practitioner only
products” (POPs) – these are
not available via retail without a
script from a naturopath.’
‘In order to improve your health
status you must be prepared to
make a change – a sacrifice.’
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